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this is bbc world news. the headlines: president donald trump has said the us military has carried out a cruise missile attack on an airbase from which syrian government planes staged a chemical weapons attack on a rebel—held town. more than 50 tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from american navy ships in the mediterranean, hitting the shayrat airbase which lies 150 kilometres north—east of damascus. the us military say the attack severely damaged or destroyed aircraft and equipment. our correspondent barbara plett usher is at mar—a—lago, donald trump's florida retreat. barbora, if nothing else this was a very quick response to what happened on tuesday. it was, the decision was made almost within 2a hours or a little bit more than that, but it was an extremely speedy response and also, quite a targeted on. the
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officials here, cabinet secretaries and this is trumpian self had been talking about the rationale behind it, a set was aimed as a response to the chemical weapons attack, that it was a limited strike, a tactical one, it was proportional, they say, because it targeted the airbase that was connected to the strike, it was from where the aircraft launched the weapons attack, the chemical weapons attack, it did do a lot of damage at that race but they tried very hard not to kill anybody there, they want the russians who work with the syrian military before they struck, said it was very much aimed at warning the syrian regime not to carry out such attacks again and it wasn't opening a wider front, the secretary of state has said in the civil war, it wasn't opening up front in the war against bashar al—asaad, it was connected to the attack itself. it was done quickly, so attack itself. it was done quickly, so the message that this would not
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be tolerated but it was also carefully planned to be limited in scope. it does, it would seem anyway, to represent a change in thinking by president trump because during the campaign and before he was vehemently opposed to any sort of intervention. yes, it was a real pivot on a number of levels. one is this when you said, that he very much talked against getting entangled in foreign wars, in interventions, and here he is intervening for the first time, the united states had actually intervened in the civil war directly against the government of bashar al—asaad, even president obama didn't do that. the other thing is his attitude towards the syrian president, he'd been remarkably ambivalent about resident asaad basically saying it wasn't really america's problem —— president asaad. if mr asaad was fighting
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islamic state he should be allowed to do so, together with the russians. he was washing his hands of the whole question of how mr asaad was treating his people and suddenly he has shifted, within the space of a day or two, from a side is kind of ok, or at least not a problem, to him being very bad and should be carrying out attacks on its against his people so it was a real pivot for mr trump. that begs the question what this means for american policy towards president asaad in the future. indeed whether there will be more military action oi’ there will be more military action or whether that will be yet. —— eat it. from what people have been saying today, you want the secretary of state tillerson said today for example, he said this was not a change in military posture in syria, the policy hadn't changed. he very much stressed this was a i—off, directly related to the chemical attack, and it was a message sent in
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that regard. so you can extrapolate from that that this is not the beginning of trying to topple bashar al—asaad, it is more sending him a message. the rhetoric about mr asaad has been harsher, including from mr tillerson who said it doesn't seem that there is a way that mr asaad can govern in the future but again, it wasn't entirely clear what he meant by that. mr obama also said the same thing although didn't take any the same thing although didn't take a ny ste ps the same thing although didn't take any steps to unseat him aside from some support to the opposition. when mr tillerson was talking about a long—term thing that will be resolved through a political talks, through political framework, so there does seem to have been a little more hardening of the view amongst this administration that mr asaad is not a role to play but not a decision to actively unseat him at this point, more a question of
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responding to an attack that this administration has said was venus and intolerable and to which they felt they had to respond. thank you, barbara. now for the latest financial news with aaron heslehurst, and world business report. face—to—face and just the start of what president trump calls a great relationship. yep — the leaders of the world's two biggest economies finally meet, as the world holds its breath to see if these can avoid a trade war. and a lawsuit that probably runs for more than 140 characters — twitter is suing the us government after the trump administration demanded to know the identity of an anti—trump account. welcome to world business report.
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i'm aaron heslehurst. good morning, britain — iforgot to say this. a shortened report on what we are seeing in syria. but we started talking about this yesterday, it is to do a big talk. --2 yesterday, it is to do a big talk. ——2 day. the chinese president has arrived in the us for a meeting with his counterpart president donald trump. mr trump is hosting the xijinping at his mar—a—lago resort in florida. their two—day meeting is the first time they are talking in person. mr trump has earlier said the summit "will be a very difficult one". last year, he accused china of "raping the us". and during his election campaign, he said massive trade deficits and job losses could no longer be tolerated. so, can these two deal—makers avert a potential trade war?
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that is the big question. i have the person with the answer. with me is linda yueh, professor of economics at london business school. great to see you as always. look, boy, how time flies, one minute he accuses china of raping america and the next he says they finally meet and it is the start of a great relationship. i think in many ways we should be relieved! absolutely! because i think there is a very real prospect that the united states will order to deter essentially chinese imports but also they could accept more pressure on american companies to produce more at home, both of these things could be short of a trade war but actually quite damaging the us — china relationships because remember president trump has just announced an executive order that in 90 days he will review all of the countries that have trade deficits with the
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united states in goods. guess who is top of that? it's china. by far. i don't mean to be stupid but for the uninitiated, when we talk about trade deficit means the americans buy more from china than china buys from america, right? yes. indeed. we know the generally speaking that is what the trump administration is trying to change. but how do you change that? do you force china to buy? are you put a gun to their head and tell them to buy their goods? you cannot, all you can do is use taxes and also we know, tariffs, but we know that president trump exert a lot of pressure on american companies in terms of pulling back their supply chains, is one thing thatis their supply chains, is one thing that is trade adviser has suggested and by the way it is damaging for american companies and also i think that's probably the extent to which they'll go. the chinese currency has no longer ceased to become a big issue, it's no longer significantly undervalued, according to the imf,
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so undervalued, according to the imf, so it won't make a big impact but what will use what companies choose to do in terms of where they buy because places like walmart buy from china and sell in the united states. and couple who manufacture in taiwan as an example. —— and couple. as china have begun, a bit of ammunition, in its back pocket, in the sense that and correct me if i'm wrong, china halt all that us debt. it holds a lot of us currency, basically, and they could influence what china does, it could influence the value of the us dollar? they could but i think they would use it very cautiously. what china probably has more open it to close all is to say we have a vast market and the best way to equalise trade between the two countries is that we are willing to liberalise more of our market if you can play fair and i think that is going to be the key language to watch. they will both
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say they want a level playing field but they define fairness differently andi but they define fairness differently and i think in this meeting we shouldn't expect any big pronouncement on its their first face—to—face meeting, they will get a sense of what each other means. the chinese want to make is trump a businessman or the campaign on the trial and trump wants to get a feeling for xijinping, trial and trump wants to get a feeling for xi jinping, whether he can play fair in an american sense of levelling out the deficit and i suspect the chinese will give them some carrots but probably also hold a few sticks. keep a few sticks aside is always good. short and sweet but we appreciate this. thank you, linda. twitter is suing the us government after the trump administration demanded the twitter reveal the identity of an anti—trump account. the user profile — the government was complaining about was an anonymous profile account criticising president trump's immigration policy. dave lee sent us this from san francisco. injanuary, in january, when donald injanuary, when donald trump became president trump, several so—called
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alternative accounts for us government services began appearing online. most claim to be authored by current or former employees of those agencies and they offered us criticisms of their new boss. now it's been revealed that us customs and border protection filed documents demanding twitter reveal the identity of at least one of the twitter is speaking ill of president trump. the sol or the government is using is meant to be forfinding out more information about the source of imported goods coming into the usa. and not for a masking online identities. therefore, twitter has asked a judge to refuse the request, calling it an issue of free speech. their move has been strongly backed by groups who support strong online privacy. twitter is protecting its users here, i think it, as a platform, really wants to be a place where people can speak freely. yes, i think this is important for them to be doing and i think they are
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doing it a place of actually wanting to protect their uses and protects speech. president trump famously loved using twitter because he says the guess in the freedom to say what he wants without having to go by the mainstream media. with this lawsuit, twitter is saying that freedom should apply to everybody on the network, even if they are anonymous, and even if they are criticising the commander—in—chief. good on you, dave. i will be back with james in a little bit to talk more about syria. there has been a sharp rise in the number of accident and emergency departments in england, turning away ambulances compared with the previous three years. the nuffield trust think tank says it announces annual services are facing even more
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pressure than nhs hospitals. more from jane draper. excellence is diverted when hospitals are exceptionally busy. it's a temporary measure to take the pressure of a and e but it means patients have further to travel for urgent treatment. today's report shows how the number of diverts has left in the number of diverts has left in the past few months. during the three winters beginning in 2013, this happened on average 249 times. but in this most recent winter, the number of diverts jumped to almost 500. the report says this is bad for patients and explains why ambulance trust in england are missing their expected response times. 500 or so, you may say it's not a big number but they are the tip of the iceberg. they have doubled. they reveal a service under tremendous pressure. there would be 500 diverts but many more a&e department is working to
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the limit that could be diverted. and the report says morale is low among ambulance staff, another sign of pressure. nhs england believes too many ambulances are being dispatched to simply try to hit targets and it's reviewing the system. coming up at 6am on brea kfast, system. coming up at 6am on breakfast, all the days news and more on syria and of course the business and sport plus i will have more on government plans to ban letting agents from charging tenants unfair fees letting agents from charging tenants unfairfees for letting agents from charging tenants unfair fees for rented housing. the proposals are aiming to stop hidden charges and end costly upfront fees and comes amid concern the agents double charging tenants and property owners. iamjames i am james menendez. i amjames menendez. our top stories: the us military attack and
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air base in syria with 40 cruise missiles. they were fired from an american navy ship in the mediterranean, hitting the side of homs from which government planes and erika says staged a weapons attack —— america. the pentagon has said that it did warn moscow about the attack. the secretary of state has accused russia of being complicit in committing president assad's actions. donald trump said president assad used a deadly nerve agent to kill civilians including what he called beautiful children and babies and called on civilised nations to end the slaughter in syria. stay with that story now,

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